Work seamlessly across Dreamweaver instances by synchronizing site settings, preferences, keyboard shortcuts, and workspaces with Creative Cloud.

Adobe Creative Cloud subscription account lets you activate Dreamweaver on two machines. A subscription account is basically the Adobe ID account you used to purchase the subscription. Synchronization with the cloud is tightly tied with your subscription account.

The cloud sync feature helps you keep the following Dreamweaver settings synchronized between the two machines:

  • Application Preferences:
    • General: All preferences except Enable Related Files, and Discover Dynamically-Related Files.
    • Code Format: All preferences except tag libraries.
    • Code Hints: All preferences except changes done using the link Tag Library Editor.
    • Code Rewriting: All preferences.
    • Copy/Paste: All preferences.
    • CSS Styles: All preferences.
    • File Compare: This setting is synchronized only between computers running on the same operating system.
    • File Types/Editors: Only Reload Modified Files and Save On Launch.
    • Highlighting: All preferences.
    • New Document: All preferences except Default Document Type (DTD) and Default Encoding.
    • Preview In Browser: Only Preview Using Temporary File is synchronized.
    • Site: All preferences except Always Show <options> On the <Right/Left>.
    • W3C validator: All preferences except changes made using ‘Manage’.
    • Window Sizes: All preferences.
    • On Mac, Application bar and Application frame settings.

Note: Except File Compare, all the other Preferences listed above are synchronized between computers irrespective of the operating system they are running on. For example, Mac to Windows.

  • Site settings: All site settings (except username and password) are synchronized between computers running on the same operating system. username and password cannot be synchronized.

    The path and name of the local site folder is synchronized if a folder with the same name exists in the same path.

    If a site does not exist on a machine, Dreamweaver creates a new site folder in the default location and all the paths are relative to this folder. You can change this path at any point in time. For all subsequent synchronizations, only the changes in the site folder are synchronized.

  • Keyboard shortcuts: The keyboard shortcuts are synchronized only between computers running on the same operating system.
  • Workspaces: Workspaces are saved when you quit Dreamweaver and are then synchronized with the cloud. If you want to synchronize Workspace changes without exiting Dreamweaver (in the current session), click Save Current in the Workspace menu and then manually synchronize the settings (Preferences > Sync Settings).

Workspaces are synchronized only between computers running on the same operating system.

  • Code snippets: All code snippets are synchronized between computers running on the same operating system.

Note:

You can choose not to synchronize a specific setting, for example, Preferences. Deselect the required check box in the Preferences (Sync Settings) dialog box.

Synchronization with Creative Cloud is not supported in the following scenarios:

  • You have a volume license and are signed in as an anonymous user.
  • Your machine is configured to connect to the Internet through a proxy server.
  • You switch from an Administrator accout to a standard user account.

Important: For a successful synchronization, ensure that none of your settings files contain special characters (\/:*?"<>|) in the filename. Files containing special characters in their names are not synchronized and Dreamweaver displays an error.

First-time synchronization

When you launch Dreamweaver on the machine you installed it first, the Sync Settings dialog box appears:

Sync Settings Now

Synchronizes the settings with the cloud immediately.

Always Sync Settings Automatically

Synchronizes the settings automatically. For more information, see Automatic Synchronization.

Disable Sync Settings

Disables synchronization.

Note:

You can enable synchronization at any point in time using the Preferences dialog box.

Advanced

Opens the Sync Settings options in the Preferences dialog box.

Sync Settings in Preferences dialog box
Sync Settings in Preferences dialog box

On your second machine, the following dialog box appears when you launch Dreamweaver:

Sync Settings. Sync Settings Now.

Sync Cloud

Brings in the settings on the cloud. Application preferences in the second machine are overridden with the settings on the cloud. Site settings in the cloud are added to the ones on the second machine.

Sync Local

Changes made to preferences and site settings on the second machine are retained and are pushed to the cloud as well.

Always Sync Settings Automatically

Synchronizes the settings automatically. For more information, see Automatic Synchronization.

Advanced

Opens the Sync Settings options in the Preferences dialog box.

The following scenarios help you understand the difference between Sync Cloud and Sync Local options:

Scenario 1

You change the Preferences on the first machine and sync those changes with the cloud. On the second machine too, you change the Preferences. Then, when you click:

Sync Cloud

Changes to Preferences on the first machine are synchronized with the second machine. The changes you made on the second machine are lost.

Sync Local

Changes to Preferences on the second machine are retained and are also synchronized with the cloud. The next time you synchronize the first machine and choose Sync Cloud, these changes are reflected on the first machine.

Scenario 2

Sync Cloud

Changes to site settings on the first machine are ‘added’ to the settings on the second machine.

Sync Local

Changes on the second machine are retained and are synchronized with the cloud. The next time you synchronize the first machine and choose Sync Cloud, the new site gets added to the settings on the first machine.

Note:

Any settings in Preferences that you change while the synchronization is in progress do not take effect.

Import settings from previous versions of Dreamweaver

If you had synchronized Dreamweaver settings with Creative Cloud even once in the previous version of Dreamweaver, the new version of Dreamweaver displays the following dialog box upon first launch:

Import settings into Dreamweaver CC 2014. Creative Cloud.
Import settings into Dreamweaver CC 2014

  • To import settings that are stored on Creative Cloud, click Import Sync Settings

Note: This option is not made available to you at a later point in time. 

  • To synchronize the settings in the current Dreamweaver instance with Creative Cloud, click Sync Local.
  • To synchronize settings automatically hereafter, select Always Sync Settings Automatically.
  • To view advanced sync settings options, click Advanced.

If you had not synchronized the settings with Creative Cloud using the previous version of Dreamweaver, the options described in First-time synchronization are displayed.

If you want to import settings at a later point in time, you can do so using the Preferences dialog box. 

  1. Select Edit > Preferences to open the Preferences dialog box.

  2. Click Sync Settings in the Category list.

  3. Select Import Sync Settings, and click Close.

    Select Import Sync Settings
    Import settings from previous versions of Dreamweaver

  4. Quit Dreamweaver and launch it again to apply the imported settings.

Important: The options that you choose in the Settings To Sync section are not applicable for importing settings saved on the cloud. All settings saved on the cloud are imported and the local settings are overridden when you choose the Import Sync Settings option.

Edit preferences for sync settings

Using the Preferences dialog box, you can choose the settings that you want to synchronize, specify conflict resolution settings, enable automatic synchronization, or trigger an on-demand synchronization.

  1. Select Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Dreamweaver > Preferences (Mac).

  2. Click Sync Settings in the Category list.

  3. In the Settings To Sync section, click the setting you want to synchronize.

  4. In the Conflict Resolution list, click an option to resolve conflicts during synchronization. For more information, see Resolve conflicts during synchronization.

  5. To enable automatic synchronization every 30 minutes, click Enable Automatic Sync.

  6. To synchronize the settings at any given point in time (on-demand synchronization), click Synchronize Settings Now.

    (13.1) If there are updates on the cloud that are downloaded onto your computer, the Sync Settings Now button changes to Apply Updates. You can choose to apply the updates immediately or close the Preferences dialog box to apply the updates at a later point in time. If you make any changes to the Dreamweaver instance on the computer before applying the updates, a conflict can arise, which is resolved based on the Conflict Resolution Settings.

    Click Apply Update
  7. Click Apply to save the changes you made to the sync settings preferences.

  8. Click Close to exit the Preferences dialog box.

Automatic Synchronization

You can enable automatic synchronization in one of the following ways:

  • Select Always Sync Settings Automatically in the Sync Settings dialog box.

Note: The Sync Settings dialog boxes appear only when you access Dreamweaver for the first time after installing it on your machines. For subsequent synchronizations, use the Preferences dialog box.

  • Select Edit > Preferences (Win) and Dreamweaver > Preferences (Mac), and then select Sync Settings > Enable Automatic Sync.

When you enable automatic synchronization, Dreamweaver checks for changes on the cloud every 30 minutes and synchronizes the settings automatically if there is a change.

Manual synchronization

  • Click Sync Settings Now in the Sync settings dialog box.
  • Click Edit > (your Adobe ID) > Sync Settings Now.

If there are updates available on the cloud, they are downloaded onto the computer. The Sync Settings Now button changes to Apply Now. You can choose to apply the updates immediately or at a later point in time. If you make any changes to Dreamweaver settings before applying the downloaded updates, a conflict can arise, which is resolved based on conflict resolution settings.

  • (On Mac) Dreamweaver > Sync Settings Now and on Windows, Edit > Sync Settings Now.

Resolve conflicts during synchronization

When there is a difference between the settings on the machines and the cloud, the conflict is resolved based on the Conflict Resolution settings in the Preferences dialog box.

If the Conflict Resolution is set to My Preference, the following dialog box appears when a conflict arises:

Conflicting Settings dialog box
Conflicting Settings dialog box

If you select the Remember My Preference option, the option you choose (Sync Local or Sync Cloud) gets selected in the Preferences dialog box.

IMPORTANT: If you press Esc to close the Conflicting Settings dialog box, the Sync Local action is executed.

Access resources on Creative Cloud directly

You can open, select, or save files on Creative Cloud directly from the Dreamweaver user interface. Install the ‘Creative Cloud Connection Preview’ utility from http://creative.adobe.com.

When you install this utility, the Creative Cloud Files option (highlighted in the screenshot) becomes available in the Open, Save, and Select dialog boxes of Dreamweaver.

Creative Cloud Files option

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